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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. Scale Computing HC3 and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."

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"The solution is very stable.""The HCI concept by itself is the most valuable feature of the solution. It is a full-fledged HCI. It is the main component. I think this is what makes the project valuable.""Backups happen very quickly.""The setup is very easy.""The most valuable feature is that the product has an inborn backup.""The most valuable features are replication and backup.""The initial setup was straightforward.""The most valuable features of SimpliVity are the built-in backup and immunity to ransomware."

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"The solution is scalable.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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Cons
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky."

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"There are a lot of different components to choose from in the chassis. This could be easier by providing a standard or a base model to create and configure from.""When it comes to performing backups, the dashboard is not intuitive and not user-friendly.""The installation is quite easy but it could still be improved.""Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes.""Its price can be improved. Customers always look for better prices. It is more expensive as compared to other products available in the market.""The product is expensive.""There needs to be a simple process for migrating one SimpliVity cluster to a new SimpliVity cluster.""They should optimize the administration stack because it is consuming too much memory. It ends up consuming 20% of memory. They have another product for this feature, but I would like to have this feature within HPE SimpliVity."

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"I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node.""Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."

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"The hardware is expensive. For the same price, Cisco can provide more hardware specifications for us.""The solution is affordable and quite reasonably priced in terms of the product one gets.""The product is expensive.""The solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes.""It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail.""In terms of the licenses, customers do not actually get any benefit.""We did get some quotes from Nutanix, and they were ballparks. So, it is not cheap, and there is nothing free, but those two were comparable.""It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
Top Answer: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
Top Answer: Its performance and availability are most valuable.
Top Answer: Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication. It's the Holy Trinity of snapshot… more »
Top Answer: I would rate Scale at an eight out of ten. Scale has major improvements that they need to fix up. However, it is pretty… more »
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SimpliVity, HPE HCI
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Overview

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

HPE SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.

HC3 is an appliance-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution. HC3 combines servers, storage, virtualization, and backup/disaster recovery into a single appliance. This hyperconvergence of technologies radically simplifies IT infrastructure making it easier to implement and manage and significantly reduces the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. The HC3 hyperconverged appliance approach allows seamless, non-disruptive infrastructure scale out and automated, non-disruptive software and firmware updates. Our customers choose HC3 to reduce complexity and cost from IT infrastructure so they can focus their IT administration on improving applications and process rather than managing and maintaining complex infrastructure.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
Edgetec Systems, Triton School Corporation, Anamosa Community School District, Standard School District, Iron County School District, Sevier County Bank, St. Richard’s Catholic College, Stoke Park School and Community Technology College, City of St. Cloud Minnesota, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, KIB Electronics, Chaitons LLP, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Penlon, American College of Education, Steel Summit Holdings, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Construction Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company10%
University7%
Retailer7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm3%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise43%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise43%
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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. Scale Computing HC3 and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 36 reviews while Scale Computing HC3 is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.4, while Scale Computing HC3 is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "The flexibility needs improvement and it needs an alerting system, yet it is stable and easy to install". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Scale Computing HC3 writes "Good stability with a straightforward setup, but scaling is difficult". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Scale Computing HC3 is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, NetApp HCI and Sangfor HCI. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. Scale Computing HC3 report.

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